Integrated system with multidrive and Prinect Web Center
Workflow package in live production at drupa
Heidelberg will unveil a dramatically enhanced version of the
best selling web press in the world at drupa 2004.
A completely revamped M-600 with multidrive, new
JDF-compliant control features and a new JF-70 combination folder
will print up to 70,000 impressions per hour at the show. The
system will include an Ecocool dryer with chill rolls and unique
new closed-loop color capabilities completely integrated. Operators
will use the Autoplate automatic plate changing option and a new
Omni Makeready control feature to demonstrate faster job
changeovers with a significant reduction in waste.
"We have retooled one of the most reliable and versatile
web press platforms ever designed for higher speeds, faster
makereadies and lower waste," according to Werner Albrecht,
Heidelberg Web Systems president. "New features make it easier
for printers to operate the M-600, achieve sheetfed-like quality,
and compete in makeready intensive environments at run lengths well
under 10,000 copies."
Heidelberg introduced the 16-page M-600 in 1992 and has
installed close to 1,800 printing units in 50 countries. The new
version, the M-600 D, extends the top speed to 70,000 impressions
per hour and is the first M-600 with multidrive, the new Prinect
Web Center control package and the option of an Ecocool dryer.
Multidrive technology improves web tension throughout the
speed range of the M-600 D, resulting in fewer web breaks.
Independent a.c. motors also reduce maintenance and allow operators
to silence individual components for maintenance or makeready
without impacting the other components.
The Prinect Web Center includes Omnicon press controls and
modules for automated presetting, machine control and data
reporting. "We have one, flexible system with all the control
features that web printers need to automate operations and to link
prepress, production, auxiliary and management systems from
Heidelberg and other suppliers," Albrecht explains.
The new Omni Makeready module within the Prinect Web Center
automatically converts data from closed-loop color controls for
faster and more precise adjustment of ink settings during
start-ups. New modules for data reporting and for integrating press
performance data into a company's management information system
are also available.
The GATF InterTech Award-winning Ecocool dryer, now available
for the M-600 D, improves print quality by reducing condensate in
the drying and chilling process. New Ecocool features, including
integrated closed-loop color control and a unique web remoistening
capability, will be presented at drupa.
The JF-70 folder, designed specifically for the new M-600 D,
can be automatically preset in less than three minutes and can
produce up to 15 different product formats. Heidelberg has also
reduced the non-print blanket gap on the new press by three
M-600 presses can be installed in one- and two-web
configurations and customized with a complete range of optional
components and auxiliary systems. Standard features include rigid,
cast iron sideframes, in-line cylinder stacks, 15-roll inkers and
convertible inking and dampening.
Heidelberg's patented Autoplate option was first
introduced on the M-600 in 1995 to reduce makeready times and
operator involvement while increasing plate registration accuracy.
Ninety percent of M-600 presses sold now include Autoplate.
The new Heidelberg M-600 D with multidrive prints at 70,000
impressions per hour and utilizes the new Heidelberg Prinect Web
Center workflow and control system.
For further information:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Tel.: +49 (0)6221 92 50 63
Fax: +49 (0)6221 92 50 46
Heidelberg Web Systems
Tel.: +1 603 740 5907
Fax: +1 603 749 3301